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Campaigners demand apology after Penrose Inquiry report

Campaigners have demanded an apology after the conclusion of a formal inquiry into the contamination of blood in Scotland.

Bill Wright, of Haemophilia Scotland, called for an apology Credit: ITV News

There were angry shouts from the audience as the final report of the Penrose Inquiry was read out, followed by a speech from Bill Wright of charity Haemophilia Scotland, who said he was among those who had been infected.

This is by no means the end of the story.

When we read this, we were raging too. But there is some daylight we will try to offer you.

Put into context, this catastrophe is bigger than any transport, football stadium, bombing or shooting atrocity, or British disaster at sea.

The difference is that our fate was spread across Scotland and Britain over many years.

Today after 30 years of waiting, is not about broken processes. It is about broken lives. It is about the irresistible case for ministers and politicians to finally act.

Now is the time for an apology.

– Bill Wright, Haemophilia Scotland

Breaking down into tears at one point, Mr Wright said the report was the culmination of "decades of searching for the truth".

Two further arrests in connection with Leeds armed robbery

Police investigating an armed robbery at a jewellers in Leeds have made two further arrests.

Officers were called to Berrys Jewellers yesterday afternoon after three masked men entered the store and threatened staff with BB-type pellet guns.

They left with a quantity of jewellery but one of the offenders was detained at the scene by members of the public and then arrested by officers.

Police have appealed for more witnesses to come forward.


Clarke Carlisle and Deputy PM tackle mental health discrimination in sport

Tackling discrimination in sport Credit: PA

Former Leeds United footballer Clarke Carlise teams up with the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today to tackle mental health discrimination in sport.

Major sporting bodies including the Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board and the Football Association, have all committed to sign the charter committing to removing the stigma and prejudice around mental health from the world of sport.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance and Professional Players Federation have brought together around 20 organisations, including leading mental health charity Mind.

Carlisle, former chair of the Professional Footballers' Association spent six weeks in a psychiatric unit after he was hit by a lorry in North Yorkshire in December.

Government has 'failed to make convincing case' for HS2

The Government has yet to make a convincing case for spending £50 billion on HS2, according to a report out today.

The high speed rail network, linking the North to London, will be one of the most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. But the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee says the Government has failed to meet its two man objectives. Lord Hollick chairs the committee.

Italy's highest court to rule on the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito

Murder victim Meredith Kercher Credit: ITV News

Italy's supreme court will rule on Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's verdicts today for the murder of Leeds University student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

Meredith was stabbed to death in her bedroom in the Italian town of Perugia. She was 21 and on an exchange from Leeds University studying in Italy as part of her degree.

Knox, her house-mate, and Sollecito, Knox's ex-boyfriend - two of the three convicted for her murder - have fought to clear their names for eight years.

Today, Italy’s highest court which is based in Rome, will rule on their guilt or innocence. It can uphold the murder convictions, over-rule them or order another trial for one or both of them.

Only Sollecito will be in court for the hearing. Amanda Knox is at home in Seattle.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito today appeal their guilty verdicts Credit: Reuters

Formal apology expected to follow 'tainted blood' report

Thousands given tainted blood Credit: PA

The Government is expected to apologise today to thousands of people who were given tainted blood during routine blood transfusions

Glenn Wilkinson from Hull was among them. He contracted Hepatitis C 20 years ago. He is in Scotland today for the publication of a report into what has been described as one of the biggest disasters of the NHS.

The Penrose inquiry has taken six years to complete and a formal apology in the House of Commons to those affected is expected to follow its publication later this morning.


Appeal to trace scooter riding sex offender

Missing sex offender Keith Foster Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police in Wakefield are appealing for information to trace a registered sex offender who has failed to comply with the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Keith Foster has failed to notify the authorities of a change in address and his current whereabouts are unknown. He was living in the Wakefield area but is known to have links to have to Lancashire.

Mr Foster is known to use a number of aliases, including Kirsty Foster and use a red mobility scooter. He is is white with a thin build. He is his mid 60's, 5ft 8" with black, straight, collar length hair.

Mr Foster was issued with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and sentenced to a two year conditional discharge after a conviction for possessing indecent images of children at Lancaster Magistrates Court in September 2013.

Anyone who has seen Mr Foster is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police via 10

Victims of 'tainted blood' scandal still seeking justice

Thousands of people who were infected with deadly diseases during routine blood transfusions a quarter of a century ago are fighting for justice.

The tainted blood scandal has been described as one of the biggest disasters of the NHS. Those affected are awaiting the publication of a report, which they hope will finally give them both the answers and the recognition they've been looking for.

Some contracted HIV - others Hepatitis C.

One of those with hepatitis C is Glenn Wilkinson from Hull. Tomorrow he will be in Edinburgh where the results of the six-year long inquiry will be released.

This report from James Webster includes photos showing the medical effects of Mr Wilkinson's condition:

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